Sunday, December 3, 2017

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

What They Say.....It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

What I Say.....I thought this was going to be a thriller but it was much more a book about family relationships.  Although it was a slow start, I'm glad I stuck with it because the ending was satisfying.

Billie has disappeared following a solo hike - does a woman on a solo hike ever seem like a good idea?  I say that as a woman who just hiked alone yesterday, but on a well populated mountain, not one called Desolation Wilderness.

As her family struggles to move on without answers, her daughter begins seeing visions of her mother tell her to look for her.  

As her father struggles to help her move on, they both begin discovering more about the woman that they loved......

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